Espinosa’s first homer leads T-Bones

David Espinosa had two hits and scored two runs, including one on his first home run of the season, as the T-Bones beat the Wingnuts 4-2 Wednesday night at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in the Kansas Turnpike Showdown.

Espinosa gave Kansas City an early 1-0 lead with his first homer in the first inning against Wichita starter Anthony Capra. The T-Bones added another run in the second with an RBI double from Brian Erie that scored T.J. Mittlestaedt from first base and gave the T-Bones an early 2-0 lead. Mittelstaedt and Danny Richar also ended the game with two hits apiece.

T-Bones starting pitcher Daniel Barone (4-0) pitched seven innings and allowed just two runs, both of which came in the seventh. Kansas City’s offense rallied, however, in the top of the eighth inning, securing the win for Barone. With the score tied at 2-2, the first six T-Bones in the eighth reached base against Wichita relievers Matt Robertson (0-2), Alex Hinshaw and Daniel Bennett. The big blow was an RBI single from Nick Giarraputo, who came through with his first hit of the series that gave Kansas City the decisive 4-2 lead.

Chris Squires and Kris Regas (6) pitched two scoreless innings out of the pen, preserving the win and tying the series at one game apiece.

The T-Bones (13-13) and Wingnuts (18-9) conclude their three-game series Thursday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium at 7:05.

Box score:

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T-Bones offense missing against Link

In a game that was closer than its final score, Wichita scored five runs in the final two innings and beat Kansas City 7-1 Monday night in the Kansas Turnpike Showdown in Wichita, Kan.

Wichita starter Jon Link could’ve been mistaken for Houdini with the number of times he escaped trouble during his seven solid innings. Link allowed six walks in seven innings. But, with Kansas City’s offense getting only two hits and stranding eight runners, Link held on for this third win of the season.

T-Bones starter Matt Smith (0-3) took the loss despite a solid outing. Through six innings, Smith had allowed just two runs. One costly mistake turned the game around, though, when he gave up a two-run home run to Chris McMurray in the bottom of the seventh that gave the Wingnuts a 4-1 lead. Wichita added three more runs — two unearned after the only error of the game came against T-Bones shortstop Vladimir Frias — against reliever Jared Messer in the eighth.

With Wichita leading 1-0 in the third inning, David Espinosa scored Brian Erie on a groundout. That turned out to be Kansas City’s only run of the game.

The Wingnuts took the lead for good in the fifth inning when Colt Loers drove in McMurray on an RBI single, giving Wichita a 2-1 lead.

The T-Bones (12-13) and Wingnuts (18-8) continue their three-game series Wednesday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium at 7:05.

Box score:

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KCKCC cagers Crawford, West both to Peru State

Jamisha Crawford

Bailey West

by Alan Hoskins

Two Kansas City Kansas Community College basketball teammates, Jamisha Crawford and Bailey West, will take their talents to Peru State in Peru, Neb., this fall.
Crawford, a 5-1 guard from Washington High School, played only the second half of her sophomore season after being injured in her second game as a freshman while West played in all 32 games in helping the Lady Blue Devils post a 24-8 record, KCKCC’s best mark since 1997.
A 5-11 forward from Burke High School in Omaha, West started 12 games this past season while averaging 6.2 points and 4.6 rebounds. A two-year performer, she averaged 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds as a freshman. A defensive standout, Crawford averaged 2.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and one assist per game in 17 contests.
KCKCC coach Valerie Stambersky said Crawford and West chose Peru State because of the beauty of and atmosphere of the campus and that it offers majors in their chosen fields, Crawford in Athletic Training and West in Education.
“Both felt that it was a good fit, that the coach was nice but not too nice and that the team was looking to make changes that would make a difference,” Stambersky said. “Jamisha will really be able to hound and defend and create havoc in the backcourt while Bailey’s versatility inside and out will provide a lot of opportunities to be effective offensively. They’ll both do a good job.”